Monday, May 25, 2015

Josh Weds Dana in Pictures


Words really can't express how wonderful our wedding experience was.  It was joyful, hilarious, and went by too quickly.  We were surrounded by our friends and family, and everything went great.  Instead of describing the day, take a peek at the pictures.  They really do express the fun and joy of the day.  Our photographer, Jason Crader, was absolutely amazing.







So, if you want to see more, look here.  It was glorious, and on Wednesday, I'll tell you about the food!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Zhajiang Noodles at Three Fold


Three Fold has easily become my favorite new restaurant in Little Rock, because they have a simple, elegant menu that gives equal weight to vegetarian dishes.  They really put a lot of care into their food, which are vegan friendly, and they recently added a new Saturday only dish, Zhajiang noodles.

After some internet sleuthing, I found that zhajiang is a salty, fermented soybean paste, traditionally served over wheat noodles and pork.  Three Fold wants to make sure that their veggie patrons get options, too, so they have a tofu dish as well.  I recently tried it, and it was very tasty.



The noodles are topped with cucumber and cilantro, which really help to cut the spicy noodles.  You get an incredible amount of food, as well.  Josh and I split some dumplings with this noodle bowl, and we had tons of leftovers to take home.  Don't get me started on how good the dumplings are... definitely my favorite dish.



I like these Saturday-only noodles even better than their regular noodle dish.  It's definitely worth going and checking out.  If you're lucky, they'll be serving these sesame balls as well, which are sweet and lightly fried.




They are filled with red bean paste and are incredibly tasty, much like everything else at Three Fold.

Unfortunately, I missed the most recent 8 course vegetarian dinner at the restaurant, but I did get to interview the crew before the dinner.  You can see my write up here.

Check out my first review of Three Fold here.   Typically, I only give a restaurant a full write up once, but if they continue to improve their menu and add new veggie dishes, I'll keep coming back to try them and write about it.

Have you ever tried zhajiang noodles?  What's your favorite new restaurant in your area?  Leave me a comment!

BONUS POST SCRIPT!


I'm sure a lot of you regular readers want to see some wedding pictures!  I haven't received the professional photographer shots, yet, but here are some pictures I stole from my friends.  I'll do a more detailed post soon, but it was amazing, I married my best friend, and there were DINOSAURS!

On Monday, we went to turn in our marriage license, and lucky for us, Three Fold is right around the block.  So, we celebrated with some tasty food.


I got the half noodles/half buns with spicy sauce.  It was so yummy!


Not only is the food great, but the people running Three Fold are truly lovely.  Josh has become obsessed with their bun.  If you haven't checked them out already, you're missing out!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

VV Recap: Restaurant Meals


Josh and I try to eat at home most of the time.  I'd say on average, we eat out once or twice on the weekends.  Sometimes, though, we like to sit down and have someone else bring us food, and in those instances, I try to make fresh food choices.  Sometimes are better than others, but I have been getting some tasty meals lately.


I'm still obsessed with our new Whole Foods' salad bar.  Apparently, I am not good at portion control, either.  They have so much great stuff there, that it's hard not to eat everything.


Prime example is their vegan sushi.  I want to get some every time I walk into the store.  It's really good.



I had a tasty lunch at Forbidden Garden comprised of steamed veggies and delightfully crispy tofu triangles.



It's strawberry season in Arkansas, which I have proclaimed here about 100 times, and that means it's strawberry salad season at Izzy's.



Josh and I had a date night recently at one of our favorite restaurants, Layla's.  I hadn't been in awhile, and I always happy when I go.



We went to pick up our marriage license back in the beginning of May, and it just so happened that the county clerk's office was right down the block from Three Fold.  We headed there after to get buns for lunch.  The sandwiches are unlike anything you can get anywhere else around.  So. good.  They had a big vegetarian 8 course dinner the night of our wedding, which I was very sad to miss.



While out on a job site visit awhile back, my coworker and I stopped off for lunch at Marketplace Grill.  I'm not usually over impressed by this restaurant, and this time wasn't much different.  The chips and salsa were really tasty, but this veggie stir fry was only so-so.  Really, it's supposed to be a chicken dish, which I had them leave out.  I think if they hadn't used so much sauce, it would have been pretty good.


Lastly, Josh and I were looking for something good to eat when running errands in North Little Rock, and we remembered that a new Bar Louie opened in the back of our mall.  We eat at the one in Little Rock every now and then, so we gave this one a try.  I branched out from my usual veggie wrap and went for the Monoco Salad with Portabello, and I was happily surprised with the bright pile of veggies and apples.  I got a side of broccoli just because, well, broccoli is awesome.

Those were the tasty eats I've had lately!  Stay tuned for Friday, where I'll let you know about a new dish at Three Fold, which is only available on Saturdays!

What have you been eating lately?  What restaurants do you typically frequent?  Leave me a message!

Monday, May 18, 2015

VV Recap: Fresh Meals Lately


I am sure that a lot of you want to see wedding pictures from this past weekend.  Well, I'm not insane, so I pre-wrote some posts for this week.  We're not rushing off to our honeymoon just yet, so I will hopefully get back into a regular posting schedule soon.  Thanks for bearing with me through it all.  You guys are the best.

This year, I feel like I have really been taking better care of myself, and the result is a significant improvement in my overall mood.  The one thing that has really been different for me this year is the amount of fresh fruits and veggies I've been cramming into my diet.  It's made a huge different.  Here now is a collection of the fresh meals I've been eating lately.

SMOOTHIES

I live for smoothies.  They're how I start my day, and often times I have one with lunch or in the afternoon.  They're a great way to get protein and fruits and veggies into your diet.








Green smoothies, blueberry smoothies, strawberry smoothies, chocolate peanut butter smoothies, mango smoothies.. you name it, I'm drinking it.

BIG ASS SALADS

Lunch for me almost every day is a big ass salad.  The combinations might change, but the dressing (a little tahini) and the quantity is usually the same.  I definitely eat for volume, so filling up on a big salad makes me feel great.






Sometimes, I throw a big veggie sandwich in my lunchbox and pair it with a small salad.  Either way, it's a lot of veggies.






I have really been loving vegan cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches.

SIMPLE DINNERS

Dinners in our house have been incredibly simple lately.  I will find a protein, a carbohydrate, and a pile of vegetables.  I really love cooking this way.






Vegan diets really are full of abundance and beautiful food!  I can't stop eating kale and strawberries right now.  So happy it's spring!

What have you been eating lately?  Do you have a set type of food every day (ex. smoothie, then salad, then simple dinner)?  Leave me a comment!